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An Implacable Force: Caryl Churchill And The “Theater Of Cruelty”, Kerri Ann Considine 2011 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

An Implacable Force: Caryl Churchill And The “Theater Of Cruelty”, Kerri Ann Considine

Masters Theses

Churchill’s plays incorporate intensity, complexity, and imagination to create a theatrical landscape that is rich in danger and possibility. Examining her plays through the theoretical lens of Antonin Artaud’s “theater of cruelty” allows an open investigation into the way that violence, transgression, and theatricality function in her work to create powerful and thought-provoking pieces of theatre. By creating her own contemporary “theater of cruelty,” Churchill creates plays that actively and violently transgress physical, social, and political boundaries.

This paper examines three of Churchill’s plays spanning over thirty years of her career to investigate the different ways Churchill ...


Selected Projects In Costume Design, Lindsay Anne Beardall 2011 Utah State University

Selected Projects In Costume Design, Lindsay Anne Beardall

All Graduate Plan B and other Reports

I started my collegiate career as an art major in 2-D design with the intent that I would be an art director for an advertising agency. I took a costume construction class two years into my major and I promptly left 2-D design for costume design. Costume design is a wonderful combination of my love of art, history, sewing, drawing, design and creating. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to design four different shows during my time at Utah State University. During my time as a costume designer at Utah State University I designed costumes for four ...


Willi Red Buhay Interview, Lauren Todd 2011 DePaul University

Willi Red Buhay Interview, Lauren Todd

Asian American Art Oral History Project

Bio: Willi Red Buhay was a graduate of San Beda College and the University of Sto. Tomas. He was the first artistic director for design of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Folk Arts Theater, a position he held for fifteen years. He also held a teaching post at the University of the Philippines and his alma mater.

One of Manila’s celebrated design-artist-painters, Willi had staged over 300 productions from theater and cinema to gallery exhibitions. In 1970, he won the prestigious design competition for the Philippine Center in New York. It was the start of numerous ...


The Konami Code: An Experiment In Dialect Pedagogy, Thomas Cunningham 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University

The Konami Code: An Experiment In Dialect Pedagogy, Thomas Cunningham

Theses and Dissertations

The Konami Code is a tool for teaching stage dialects that I have been developing for the past three years. I wanted a method that didn’t rely on students’ having a keen ear for phonetics; rather one that offered context for each dialect, and presented individual sound-changes as small parts of an easy way to digest the whole. Most importantly, I wanted a process that was portable: a set series of applications that my students could incorporate easily into their actor’s tool-kit and carry with them into the professional world. The Konami Code incorporates kinesthetic and imaginative elements ...


Rebonding Anomic Communities With Theatre Of The Oppressed, Amanda Hauman 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University

Rebonding Anomic Communities With Theatre Of The Oppressed, Amanda Hauman

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis explores whether Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) can help anomic communities, affected by deindustrialization and globalization, in the U.S. Midwest, specifically looking at Saginaw, MI. After presenting a paper at the American Symposium for Theatre Research (ASTR) conference in 2009, the author attended a Theatre of the Oppressed facilitator training in Port Townsend, WA under the direction of Marc Weinblatt. She then conducted her own Theatre of the Oppressed workshop in Saginaw, MI to analyze the abilities of Theatre of the Oppressed in an anomic community. Each experience is detailed and followed by the ...


Ensemble Rehearsal Practices: The Evolution And Application Of Rehearsal Technique As Explored In Harold Pinter’S Betrayal, Wilson Kerry McGee 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University

Ensemble Rehearsal Practices: The Evolution And Application Of Rehearsal Technique As Explored In Harold Pinter’S Betrayal, Wilson Kerry Mcgee

Theses and Dissertations

Three years ago, Bonnie Gabel and I started an ensemble theatre company called Night Light Collective (NLC). Our company was inspired by the work of Anne Bogart and the Dah Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia. We used many of their techniques and exercises to develop a rehearsal process that would help our ensemble connect to each other as well as contribute to the artistic direction of our productions. In the fall of 2010, I directed Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. I used the rehearsal practices that we developed with NLC and created a few of my own. This thesis documents the evolution ...


Planting: One Director's Approach To Cultivating And Nurturing Within A Female Ensemble, Erin Snyder 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University

Planting: One Director's Approach To Cultivating And Nurturing Within A Female Ensemble, Erin Snyder

Theses and Dissertations

A director, just like a pastry chef, must be delicate. Actors are fragile, fearful human beings. And just like a pie crust requires the perfect balance of water and flour, an actor requires a similar balance in both comfort and companionship. Eryn Snyder worked for three months to create a space where her actors could live freely in the world of the characters. With a cast of four, rehearsals were intimate, demanding, and playful. Theatre requires a director to lay down the sort of soil that encourages growth. It nurtures, it listens, it plays, and it asks questions. A director ...


Language, Race, And Culture In Porgy And Bess, Madeline J. Baker 2011 Western Michigan University

Language, Race, And Culture In Porgy And Bess, Madeline J. Baker

Honors Theses

This study considers the cultural history of the story of Porgy and Bess, from its first manifestation as the 1925 novel Porgy by DuBose Heyward, to the 1927 play adaptation, to the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward. Heyward, a writer from Charleston, South Carolina, based the characters on the Gullah peoples of Charleston and attempted to represent the Gullah creole language they spoke in the dialogue of the novel. The representation of the creole language in the text of the novel, and the way the language changed ...


Artmaking On The Edge Of A Cliff: Directing Iphigenia 2.0, Shannon E. Cameron 2011 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Artmaking On The Edge Of A Cliff: Directing Iphigenia 2.0, Shannon E. Cameron

Student Research and Creative Activity in Theatre and Film

This thesis contains written documentation regarding the process of directing a theatrical production in fulfillment of the partial requirements for Master of Fine Arts in Directing for Stage and Screen at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Topics addressed include play selection, script analysis, director/designer collaboration, coaching and actors and evaluation of final product.

Advisor: Virginia Smith


Welcome To The Circus: Finding Ways To Artistically Express The Martial Way, Donzell Lewis 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University

Welcome To The Circus: Finding Ways To Artistically Express The Martial Way, Donzell Lewis

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis explores various artistic and ritual practices of martial arts in relation to its presentation on stage. As a martial artist and actor I believe there are complementary practices in both crafts interdisciplinary of each other. For a martial artist, the individual’s performance and execution of martial arts techniques can be enhanced through emotional availability and characterization. For the actor, the martial arts can help condition the body physically, mentally and emotionally to create a grounded presence of connectivity to the earth. However, sometimes the martial arts are viewed as a militaristic discipline and not as artistic expression ...


Ontological Movement In Theater: An Account Of The Preparation And Direction Of The Play Dylan By Sidney Michaels, Aaron Sawyer 2011 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ontological Movement In Theater: An Account Of The Preparation And Direction Of The Play Dylan By Sidney Michaels, Aaron Sawyer

Student Research and Creative Activity in Theatre and Film

This document contains a graduate thesis and follows the creative process behind Aaron Sawyer’s direction of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2011 theatrical production of the play Dylan by Sidney Michaels. It contains seven sections depicting thesis production from the selection of the material to its completion and final reviews. The introduction establishes the perspectives and experiences that led me to this thesis. The pre-production section is comprised of an analysis of the script as well as research on the time-periods material to the play and its production. The director’s concept portion analyzes the dramatic structures contained within ...


Fragmented Liveness / Mediated Moments, Kristen Lovell 2011 Trinity University

Fragmented Liveness / Mediated Moments, Kristen Lovell

Kristen R Lovell

No abstract provided.


Room 314: A Comedy In Two Acts, Hannah Blough 2011 Liberty University

Room 314: A Comedy In Two Acts, Hannah Blough

Senior Honors Theses

This thesis is an original play consisting of two acts. Using the traditional structure and plot constructs of a murder mystery, the thesis also incorporates elements of comedy to create a unique work. A young couple on their honeymoon hears a strange noise from the room next door and attempts to find an explanation. As they search for a satisfactory conclusion, Emma and Peter meet some of the other guests at the hotel, making new friends and encountering new challenges along the way. This thesis attempts to answer the question “can an actor tell a good story with her own ...


Amadeus, April 14 – 23, 2011, Theatre Sheridan 2011 Sheridan College

Amadeus, April 14 – 23, 2011, Theatre Sheridan

Theatre Sheridan Productions

Court composer Antonio Salieri cannot reconcile Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s boorish behaviour with the genius that God has inexplicably bestowed upon him. A devout Catholic all his life, Salieri renounces God and vows to do everything in his power to destroy Mozart as a way of getting back at his Creator. Peter Shaffer’s brilliant play explores the misery of mediocrity set against the lush and privileged world of the 18th century Viennese court.

Director: Diana Reis

Musical Director: Alex Fiddes


The Most Happy Fella, April 12 – 23, 2011, Theatre Sheridan 2011 Sheridan College

The Most Happy Fella, April 12 – 23, 2011, Theatre Sheridan

Theatre Sheridan Productions

The year is 1927. A young and harassed waitress in a San Francisco diner finds an expensive pin left behind along with a note addressed to her in broken English. It is a marriage proposal from Tony Esposito, an Italian grape farmer in Napa Valley. Intrigued, she replies, asking for a photograph. Tony, who is a large older man, sends her a picture of his foreman, a handsome young man named Joe. A few weeks later, the waitress arrives at Napa and discovers the subterfuge. She tries to leave, but Tony, who has been injured in a truck accident, pleads ...


Grundy, Sydney, 1848-1914, Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2011 Western Kentucky University

Grundy, Sydney, 1848-1914, Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 2434. Letter, 7 April 1891, of English dramatist Sydney Grundy to Richard M. Field, manager of the Boston Museum Company in Boston, Massachusetts, discussing the royalty payment scale for production of his play "Lady Jess."


At The Bus Stop: A Dance Film, Rachel Nadler 2011 Western Michigan University

At The Bus Stop: A Dance Film, Rachel Nadler

Honors Theses

Documents the experience of the author's learning process in creating a dance film.


Costume Design: The School Of Scandal, Rose Downing 2011 Stephen F Austin State University

Costume Design: The School Of Scandal, Rose Downing

Undergraduate Research Conference

No abstract provided.


Choreographic Design And Process Of Dance, Kathleen Higgins 2011 Stephen F Austin State University

Choreographic Design And Process Of Dance, Kathleen Higgins

Undergraduate Research Conference

When I began the choreographic process, I was inspired by all of the emotions one might feel at a dance audition. However, with much though and manipulation of my original movement, I realized that the body image a dancer has of herself, and the body image for which she is continuously striving, was the underlying message that I wanted my choreography to communicate.


Every Smile Contains A Dagger, Tiffany Craig 2011 Stephen F Austin State University

Every Smile Contains A Dagger, Tiffany Craig

Undergraduate Research Conference

No abstract provided.


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